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Portugal begins granting citizenship to Sephardic Jews – Lisbon approves first 3 of 200 applications from descendants of Jews expelled centuries ago

The Justice Ministry said Tuesday that on Oct. 2 it approved the first three of more than 200 applications it has received so far. The other applications are still being processed following a law that began in March. Seeking to make amends for past wrongdoing, both Portugal and Spain adopted laws this year allowing citizenship …

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The law

Ministry of Justice  Decree-law n. º 30 – A/2015 February 27th Sephardic Jews are hereby designated as Jews who descend from the ancient and traditional Jewish communities of the Iberian Peninsula. The presence of those communities in the Iberian Peninsula is very old, even preceding the formation of the Christian Iberian kingdoms, as it happened …

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Portuguese Citizenship Law Attracts 250 Jewish Applicants, Primarily From Turkey

New law granting descendants of Jews forced into exile the right to citizenship passes three months ago. Three months after Portugal passed a law granting descendants of Jews forced into exile centuries ago the right to citizenship, 250 applicants – most from Turkey – have already received official certification that they qualify. This certification establishes …

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